To You We Shall Return, Joseph M. Marshall III
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To You We Shall Return
Lessons about Our Planet from the Lakota

Unabridged: 4 hr 53 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 09/20/2010


Part memoir, part cultural manifesto, To You We Shall Return offers a comparison between EuroAmerican attitudes, policies, and history regarding the natural environment to that of ancient native North American beliefs and practices in relating to and living with that same environment. Speaking from the cultural viewpoint of the Lakota of the northern Plains, the author discusses the evolution of native cultures to fit within the environment and adapt to it, as opposed to changing it drastically or wholesale to fit human needs and comforts. He suggests that changing our contemporary thinking in relating to the earth in a less harmful way does not mean a drastic change in lifestyles, but that revisiting the methods of adaptation to and coexistence with the earth will foster a renewed respect which will ultimately benefit mankind as well.